Sport Specialism

The physical education faculty offers expert support to the very highest level, training students in clubs before school, at lunchtimes and after school, as well as fixtures on Saturday mornings.  We compete in a variety of sports at district, county, regional and national level.  

Why do we specialise in sport?

Great Baddow High School aims to be a centre of excellence in the region, providing excellent facilities and opportunities for the students and staff that best suit their needs.

  • It raises the standard of teaching and learning and sets high, challenging targets for it’s staff and students to achieve.
  • It builds on the school’s strengths and achieves a distinctive identity through its chosen specialism.

Great Baddow High School is constantly seeking ways to improve and the sport specialism represents a fantastic opportunity to improve and excel.

We want the best for our students within the school and provide the best facilities and opportunities for those students.

How does it benefit children at the school?

  • We encourage students to take GCSE, Level 2 BTEC, Level 3 BTEC and A Level Physical Education/Sport
  • A wide range of increased facilities to experiment with different sports
  • More expertise in different/specialist areas/sports
  • Greater opportunities in curricular and extra-curricular PE.

Gold School Games Mark 

Great Baddow High School has been awarded the Gold Sports mark award. It is exceptionally difficult to gain the gold standard as it requires a really high percentage of all pupils to take part in extra-curricular clubs and competitions as well as many other requirements such as leadership opportunities and the variety of sports and clubs being offered.

Elite Sport Support Programme

At Great Baddow High School we have many high achieving sports men and women in various sports, these students will require a little more support in balancing training commitments with school life.  The Elite Sport Support Programme aims to provide a support structure to enable our high level sporting students to achieve in both aspects of school and sport.

Students meet as a group with a member of the PE department to celebrate successes that they have achieved. They are also encouraged to share their training programmes and competitive seasons with this member of staff and communicate effectively to support them through busy periods of time.

Students who are eligible for this programme are those who are competing at County standard or above for their respective sport. The programme is monitored carefully to ensure there is a complete list of pupils on this programme. The Elite Sport Support Programme is designed to give the best support possible to those students who are committing many hours to high level practice and competition alongside their school work. If you feel that your son or daughter meets this criterion, please do not hesitate to contact the PE department.

Netball Academy 

In September 2022 the Netball Academy will be starting its third year and is in association with Saracens Mavericks. 

It will be a two-year course that will be adapted to suit the individual needs based on ability and personal targets. We invite applications from current netball players of all levels who are looking to improve their skill or require assistance with higher level training and fitness development. 

View information about our Netball Academy

Chelmsford School Sport Partnership

Chelmsford School Sport Partnership was launched in September 2003 and is based at Great Baddow High School Sports College. We support all the schools in Chelmsford with PE development, competitions and inset training for staff. We use our Great Baddow leaders to run events for Primary Schools.

We have sixty four schools in total made up of nine secondary state schools, two special schools and 53 primary schools.

Our structure consists of a School Games Organiser (SGO) - Sara Robson Assistant School Games Organiser (ASGO) – Chris Huartson

The Chelmsford Partnership will offer support to all schools on competition, high quality PE, leadership opportunities, Gifted and Talented support, coaching, INSET day training, and access to funding. Our ethos is to work in partnership with all providers, coaches, NGB's - any organisation that will support young people in Chelmsford to lead active healthy physical lifestyles.  

Netball Academy 

New for September 2020 will be a Netball Academy in association with Saracens Mavericks. 

This two-year course will be adapted to suit the individual needs based on ability and personal targets. We invite applications from current netball players of all levels who are looking to improve their skill or require assistance with higher level training and fitness development. 

The curriculum will accommodate a minimum of three hours a week coaching including a technical session, strength and conditioning and team play.  Students will receive a bespoke training programme with ongoing support to achieve their goals whilst studying either a two year academic or vocational course. There will be the opportunity to gain a minimum level 1 netball coaching award and/or level C grade umpiring qualification. 

Our students will receive quality access to Saracens Mavericks coaching master classes and resources for the duration of the course as well as concessionary tickets to home super league netball matches. 

The course will be delivered by experienced netball coaches including former Saracens Mavericks and international player Vicky Sweeting who will be head of the programme. Vicky has had a netball career playing at the highest level and first represented U18 England schools in 1992 and in 2000 was selected into the senior England team. Vicky is an experienced qualified Level 2 UKCC netball coach and is part of the Saracens Mavericks pathway coaching team. Vicky Sweeting is also currently the Head Coach of Chelmsford Netball club who have won Division One for the last two years.